South Beach Diet - Winter Solstice Weekend - Dec. 22 & 23

12-22-2012, 07:32 AM
Good morning - nearly missed it but the days start getting longer today. It actually seems to me that it stays just as dark in the mornings until mid-January but I guess it's psychological.

Yesterday I did not budge out of my house as we were in a blizzard most of the day. I did get lots done but today I must venture out. I have library, bank, florist and grocery store to visit. I must hit the drugstore too as I have an earache - the first in about ten years and I have not missed it!

I did a lot of pre-cooking and freezing for the Christmas Eve party but still have lots to do. No baking is needed though as Claire is bringing me a huge plate of her goodies. I am off to Ottawa to have a Christmas brunch with my son, DIL and my grand daughter Taylor so there will be no cooking time tomorrow.

Today? A bit more wrapping plus all the other stuff - topped off with a birthday dinner party tonight. I'm planning to take some gifts with me to distribute as there sure will not be any time on The Eve.

Such a hustle and bustle time - but I love it!

So what's going on in your life? Peace or panic?

12-22-2012, 07:49 AM
Hustle and bustle is right! I absolutely love Christmas and all the festivities that we celebrate with it, but I've been hitting the bed exhausted at the end of the day.

I hope you get something to give you relief from your ear ache, Ruth. I've discovered that a drop or two of peroxide mixed with olive oil really seems to help immensely. I bet Delta looks lovely wrapped in it's white blanket of snow, but take care out there.

I have to run out today for a few stocking stuffers for Amber. When we were wrapping presents yesterday, we discovered we had plenty for Tyler and Carley, but nothing at all for Amber's stocking. It should be fairly easy to take care of that, though. Then this afternoon we may run over to NJ for my granddaughter, Carley's, birthday. She'll be 8 years old tomorrow but my DD is having her party today.
Tomorrow, both my SILs and a friend are coming over to help make gnocchi for our Christmas Eve dinner. It's lots of work, but we'll make it fun.

I hear the wind gusting and blowing against the windows, making me thankful I can curl up on the sofa with my hot coffee this morning. :coffee2:

Have a great day, and take care!

12-22-2012, 07:59 AM
Good morning.

Ruth - Yeah for days getting longer!!!! I hope your ear feels better soon.

Linda - I have to make a list of the stuffers and gifts or I forget what I bought! Sometimes I can't find what I hide :dizzy:

I am heading out to Costco when it opens to pick up some prescriptions and hopefully beat the crowds. I work 2-7 today. DH and our son are going to the KState game tonight so when I get home I'll catch up on some chick shows that I've got recorded.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

12-22-2012, 08:17 AM
Good morning all you chicks! Ruth, a blizzard!?!? Darned, I'm jealous! Cottage, glad you enjoy the hustle and bustle since you're so busy. Looks like my daughter is one day older than your granddaughter! Karen, hope work is not too bad today. Enjoy time with your son.

For me, it is my LuLu's birthday! (don't worry, that's her nickname) It is all about her today (ummmm, most days are ;) ). We're doing pottery this morning, Chen's mongolian buffet for lunch, and getting her ears pierced this afternoon. And she can have anything in the world she wants for supper, and she wants....ravioli. Really??!

My coffee just beeped, the morning can now begin....

12-22-2012, 08:50 AM
Good Morning:sunny:

Peaceful here, Ruth. Thanks for getting us started and have a great day....I hope your earache subsides, though.

Twynn, Happy day to both you and LuLu! Love her choices for the day, especially getting her ears pierced.

Linda, enjoy your BD day, too!

Karen, hope it's busy at work and that you enjoy your relaxing evening...solo.

We've been up for awhile puttering around. I'm down to 1/2 hour before work. I think I'll vacuum the bedroom while DH is out in his shop....he'll be back in very soon.

Have a great day, ladies, and find a moment for yourselves!

12-22-2012, 09:31 AM
Good morning friends :coffee2: I slept in a little, as much as the animals would allow. Now I'm enjoying some coffee and resisting the fruitcake. I found a nice recipe for a gluten free fruitcake with real dried fruit not that scary stuff. Only 1 T of added sugar but it does have dates in it. So good, moist and not too sweet, perfect with coffee.

Ruth - Sounds like you have a lovely few days ahead.

Cottage - My Mom used to make gnocchi when we were kids. :drool:

Karen- Hope the work day isn't too exhausting. bet it will be crowded

Twynn- Happy birth day to all!

Debbie - hope you find a little time for yourself too :)

We are missing most of the snow but getting the wind. I'm making a turkey dinner today. Christmas at Mom's is all Italian so we will do turkey, mashed cauliflower, brussels, roasted butternut here today. Luckily I have an old gas stove so even if the power goes off dinner will be ready.

I wonder how many extra minutes of daylight we get today?

12-22-2012, 10:02 AM
Looks like about 2 minutes where you are, Cyndi. Being farther North, we get more! Here's the link. (

12-22-2012, 10:07 AM
Good morning. Ruth I hope you feel better soon. Cottage enjoy the BD party. Karen I laughed at your post! I too hide gifts too well at times. Tammy your DD and my son agree on BD dinner of Ravioli. He likes his without sauce! Debbie you are always getting thing accomplished, love your energy. Cyndi your dinner sounds delicious!

Late night then was awaken by a call from my ex husband complaining about my DS's attitude this morning. Followed by a text from my sister canceling our family dinner because she has the flu. Wished she would have told me sooner as I "guilted" my son into getting someone to cover him at work so he could go today. Hopefully we will get together next Saturday or sometime in January. At least DS will be with me for the weekend. I have to take him shopping for a Christmas gift for his dad. Perhaps a clock so he stops calling me before 7am lol. Also, DS has to get a gift for his work secret Santa. They have a party after work tomorrow. He goes back to his dad on Christmas Eve and I go to work that night. Not sure when I will see Joe for Christmas. He is fortunate to have both if his kids with him this year. He did invite me, but knowing how rare it is for the three of them to be together I declined.

We had a really good time in the city. Today I will try and undue some of the damage lol Enjoy your day

12-22-2012, 11:00 AM
Mmmmfff. That's my pre-holiday check-in. January 2 I'm making some changes. Ashamed of my pics from Christmas... Starting to morph slowly into my old self, mostly in the face and stomach so far, and it upsets me. I'm actually still in bed. Probably should try to move some today before we go to a friend's Christmas party tonight.


Merry Christmas weekend though. :)

Lisa the Christmas Whale

12-22-2012, 02:20 PM
Twynn, Happy Birthday! I went food shopping yesterday, as I'm closing in, on Day 14. See you, all on Monday!

12-23-2012, 08:11 AM
Good morning! Coffee, anyone? :coffee2:

It's still calm and quiet here while I'm enjoying my morning coffee, but that won't last. We're making a quick run over to NJ to surprise Carley for her birthday, and have to be back before my sister-in-laws and some friends come over to help make gnocchi for tomorrow's Christmas Eve dinner. It's a lot of work, but there will be wine to keep us happy! :)

What's everyone doing today? :cofdate:

12-23-2012, 08:24 AM
Good morning Linda! I'm not sure I've ever had gnocchi, and it's probably not something I should try to add to my list of things I like to eat.

DD had a fabulous bday. She about cried getting her ears pierced, but she was a real trooper (although they almost didn't get the second one in because she was scared then!!). We also went and painted pottery, which was a great time.

Today - my house is a sty, and I'm having 20 people over from church on Christmas, so I best get cleaning!!

12-23-2012, 08:40 AM
Good morning, Beach Babes! Linda, I have never had gnocchi either and seem to have had almost every kind of pasta possible. If it's made with potatoes, is it still considered pasta? Tammy, good for your DD! Pottery painting probably cured the owies.

All is calm here and we have puffy Christmas snow falling. Too bad as today is my drive to Ottawa Day. I can't very well cancel as Tayler is looking forward to it. Donna is coming to clean today so my dogs will be well looked after. I also have all the presents wrapped and loaded in the car so ... I'll drive carefully and be sure I leave well before dark as driving in a snowstorm at night is very scary!

Raising my mug in a toast to the Sunday before Christmas.

12-23-2012, 08:56 AM
Good Morning:sunny:

Safe travels, Ruth!

I'm heading downstairs to make chokecherry jelly and I won't linger this morning since I already have water boiling on the stove.

Happy Sunday everyone!

12-23-2012, 09:04 AM
Ruth, please DO take extra care driving on those snowy roads today, and have lots of fun with your family. How's your earache?

Tammy, lol, your DD having her ears pieced reminds me of when Monica got hers done. It was her 7th birthday and we were living in Augsburg, Germany at the time. A friend and I had reservations at a fancy restaurant for a special lunch for the 3 of us, and Monica was so excited to be finally getting her ears pierced, which she had been begging for ages, so we did that first. After they pierced the first one she totally freaked and ran around the jewelry store screaming. People walking by on the sidewalk were peeking in with horrified looks and probably remarking on us "crazy Americans", LOL. We did finally get her to sit and get her other ear pierced, but all through lunch she refused to speak to me. When she finally got a glimpse of her pretty new earrings in the mirror after we got home, she came out all smiles and gave me a big hug. We still talk about that day. :)

12-23-2012, 09:29 AM
Good morning. Loved the ear piercing stories! I'll add my own :) My mom took me when I was 4 to Cape May to visit her friend from HS. I think I cried, but I don't really remember or did I scream? Either way I way better when I had my second holes done in 8th grade. My mom refused to let me get a second hole unless I got a B or better in History. (I had Ms Koski who scared the day lights out of me and was a complete mess in her class) Well I busted my bottom in that class and proudly earned a B+. My mom held up her end of the bargain and she decided to get her second holes too. It really meant a lot to me.

Ruth snow is coming our way tomorrow night and we may actuallynhaveva white Christmas. I hope it isn't too bad as I am working the overnight shift and shoveling is not on my list of things to do when I get home from work. Joe has his kids until 2:30. We are going to have our own little Christmas together at my house afterwards. He may need to bring Duke as it is way to cold for him to be in the outdoor kennel overnight. My two will love that! Actually Mick could care less if another doggie is here. Coconut on the other hand is 14 pounds of pure Alpha dog. To keep the peace, Duke will have to be crated if it gets out of control. Otherwise they can have a puppy party!

Be careful if you venture into a grocery store today. Crazy busy at 7:15 am. Insanely busy, but I had no choice. Joey may not go to his work Christmas party tonight (which is fine by me). He feels funny because he is the youngest one. The "guys" will be having a few, which he said would make it awkward for him. He knows not to get in a car with anyone drinking. I won't let him take my car until I get new tires (oh they are barely tires). So if he goes I will pick him up when the festivities end...or better yet we can stay in and spend time together :)

Debbie what is a chokecherry? Never heard of it.

Now to enjoy my coffee! Have a great day and safe travels

12-23-2012, 10:04 AM
Yahoo! This is terrible but my DIL just called, told me she was really worried about me driving in the cruddy weather and we have postponed our visit until Boxing Day! Jim has to work but we will have a family lunch at his restaurant instead.

Suddenly I have a bonus day! Sure hope I can find something to fill the time. ;)

12-23-2012, 12:17 PM
Just made Ruth's cranberry crack. Must now get it out of the house ASAP. That stuff is lethal!

How is your day?!

12-23-2012, 12:31 PM
Ruth, I H-O-P-E you find something to do today. lol

Jennifer, chokecherries are small sour "cherries" that seriously make you choke if you eat them raw....the NAmerican Indians used them quite often. Wine is popular with them but whatever you need "sugar". We enjoy picking's quite a social thing and my mom loves the jam...reminds us all of her mother.

Love the ear piercing stories! I'll share later....jelly to the store.

12-23-2012, 12:41 PM
Just realized I have time and the ingredients for Cranberry Crack. Hmmm - just may make another batch. I think I will be able to fill the time today.

Debbie, I love chokecherry jam and have also made wine from the little gems of sourness. They are well named.

12-23-2012, 02:50 PM
Good afternoon.

I've had gnocchi at restaurants and loved it. And I also refused to have my second ear pierced, at age 10, until my mom forced me. She STILL tells that story!

I started returning gifts today. The mall was open at 8 and I never got there as fast as at that hour on the highway on a Sunday morning. I also went to Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond and was home by 9:30. Woo hoo! Picked up a new jigsaw puzzle for myself. I'll start that today.

12-23-2012, 02:57 PM
Just a fly-by, as I'm at Church. See you Monday

12-23-2012, 04:16 PM
Cranberry are reminding me I was thinking I'd make Kirk some homemade may be on my list later on :shrug:

My mom absolutely would not let me get my ears pierced. Back in the day when there were two small Dr. offices in town where the wives were the nurses...I saved my money and headed over one day after school...I must have been 12. The Dr's wife asked me, "now this is ok with your parents, right?" Oh, yes, I said. Boy was my mom mad but I was delighted. I carried my little earring stash with me to wear when she wasn't around.

Ok, relaxation sounds good!

12-23-2012, 04:39 PM
These piercing stories crack me up!!!

I must figure out what cranberry crack is, though...

12-24-2012, 01:00 AM
good evening,

sorry I was MIA - I found out Thursday that I have no job to come back to in the New Year and I spent the weekend sleeping and eating really, really badly.

But I plan to wake up in the morning and get on Ph 2 day for Xmas eve and Xmas and get to the gym, then to the store for some good foods. 2 days of eating horribly and my body reacting horribly is enough. Enough wallowing!

So lots of gym, Ph 1 and job searching over the next few weeks. I will be here more often, in time for all the newbies and to help answer questions :)

12-24-2012, 04:31 AM
Jenne, I'm sorry to hear that you are going to have to start job hunting. :hug: Glad, though, that you're bouncing right back up and planning to take care of yourself during the process. It will be nice to see you around here more often. Take care.